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Subject: Re: Kaufmann and other European artists
From: "ls111553 ." <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:28:23 +0000
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So has he or his manager emphatically stated the "will not, cannot, dare
not return" bit? Really? Wow!

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 4:39 AM Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> JK has been doing a lot of new parts the last 5 years. He didn't sing Enee,
> though, but Manrico, Alvaro, Radames - all in friendly, easy surroundings
> and with singers, conductors and producers he trust. He has heaalth issues
> and he has been cancelling EVERYTHING lately. He will be doing his first
> Otello later this year. Opera houses might also be accused of pushing
> singers into unsuited parts. Who would NOT like to do a triumphant Norma or
> Otello? However, it does not always happen. Netrebko left Norma to
> Yoncheva. I guess that Radvanovsky will take over Norma in London, she had
> a big hit here with Manon Lescaut. But JK has been ill an done the right
> thing, he has been protecting his voice and his family, i.e. 3 young
> children. He has returned to singing, but will not, cannot, dare not return
> to the Met. Maybe he will stick to the core repertory, the parts that fits
> him: Chenier, Maurizio, Florestan, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Faust.
> Maria Helleberg
>
> 2017-03-04 19:55 GMT+01:00 donald kane <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> > Why worry?  We'll always have the Russians.
> >
> > On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Kathy Crandall <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Really two separate issues
> > >
> > > Remember that Kaufmann has had serious physical difficulties,
> including a
> > > tumor on his
> > > chest.  While I agree he should not accept commitments he is unlikely
> to
> > > follow through
> > > on, it must be awfully difficult for someone with his stature in the
> > > operatic community as
> > > well as his gorgeous instrument to fully believe how careful he must be
> > > with his voice.  I
> > > hope that this latest round of cancellations will help him and his
> agent
> > > to figure out how
> > > much he can test his voice.  My closest example would be that of a
> writer
> > > with a arthritic
> > > wrist.  How much could she write before she has to shut down for a week
> > or
> > > a month.
> > > And how hard must it be to have to refuse commitments.  There must be
> so
> > > much he
> > > wants to do and how hard it is to be cognizant of his limitations.
> Isn't
> > > that a bit what we
> > > go through as we get older and can't do physically what we used to do
> > > without thinking?
> > >
> > > As for other out of USA artist and scientists, there is not only the
> > issue
> > > of whether there
> > > is a personal distaste for the current administration there is the
> > > practical issue of visas
> > > and whether the individual will be refused at the airport or sent back
> > > once they arrive
> > > here.  For heaven's sake, Muhammad Ali's son, American born with
> American
> > > passport
> > > was detained for hours at the airport returning from Jamaica with his
> > > family.  Surely, this
> > > must make European singers wary - especially if they are being offered
> > > nice jobs in
> > > Europe.  I spoke recently with a Canadian singer.  She had a 30 day
> visa
> > > and had to leave
> > > the country and reenter in order to continue her role with San
> Francisco
> > > Opera.  At least
> > > no border problems - this time.  But how silly was that?  And that was
> > > PRE-Trump.
> > >
> > > But can we really expect a regular customs officer to recognize Pretty
> > > Yende or Anna
> > > Netrebko, and pass them through quickly? AND really, if you are an
> > > internationally
> > > recognized artist or scientist and you are to be subjected to hours of
> > > detention at customs
> > > - or "extreme vetting" about your background, wouldn't you be likely to
> > > have other
> > > options available to you than what you would need to do to get into the
> > > US?  And then,
> > > what if your research involved something other than what is acceptable
> to
> > > the Christian
> > > fringe?  Stem cells?  Evolutionary biology?  Climate change?  I don't
> > keep
> > > regular track of
> > > what the "alt right" and the Christian fringe object to, but I suspect
> I
> > > would be looking at
> > > it if I were a European considering a job offer in the US.  As per Bob
> > > Dylan, "things they
> > > are achanging" folks.
> > >
> > > We may all have to pick up our canes and march somewhere, if only to
> say,
> > > "Don't mess
> > > with my opera!"
> > >
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